So far this offseason, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford signed a 2-year $22 million guaranteed contract extension with the team. This after he was traded from St. Louis prior to last season. At the time, many pundits and fans frowned at the idea of even trading for the often injured Bradford. They later doubled down on their resentment when the Eagles awarded him such a large contract even though his play during the 2015 season was average at best.
Furious that the Eagles traded up in the draft in order to select quarterback Carson Wentz out of North Dakota State, Bradford demanded that he be traded. He told the franchise that he would not attend any of the team’s voluntary offseason workouts. Unfortunately for him, there were not many teams willing to take on the expense of Bradford’s contract. So with very few options, Bradford has decided to end his holdout and retracted his demand to be trade.
Issuing a statement via ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Bradford said:
“I’m excited to be back on the field today with my teammates and coaches. The business-side of football is sometimes a necessary consideration. My attention and efforts are focused on the participation in and preparation for a championship season: I am committed to my teammates and the Eagles organization for nothing less.”
The likely scenario is that Bradford will start for the Eagles while Wentz gets acclimated to the pro game. Much like Eli Manning did for Kurt Warner in New York and Aaron Rodgers with Brett Favre in Green Bay. When the time is right, the team will likely name Wentz the starter. Having already earned a whopping $78 million since being drafted out of Oklahoma in 2010 and $22 million guaranteed coming his way, it isn’t that bad of a deal for Bradford.